Dear Elected Official of Charlestown, Walpole and Claremont:
The Department’s Geotechnical Engineers have been hard at work modifying the design for the Charlestown Rt 12 repairs. The design was modified to remove some of the drainage work, which would have required additional temporary shoring.
The plan and contract document were revised pursuant to negotiations with the Railroad and the documents were submitted to the Railroad this past Monday for review and approval. The Project Manager, Jason Ayotte, discussed these revisions/modifications with the Railroad’s review engineer Although the Railroad engineer’s response was positive, it will take time for the Railroad to review and approve the documents.
Once the Railroad accepts the plan and contract, the department will seek approval from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which is required before the project can be advertised.
Although this is a short update, the work behind the design revisions was intensive. Having the plan and contract to the Railroad for review is a major step forward.
Charlestown Rt 12 Repairs this week…
The Department has been working towards a final agreement with the railroad, with the Design Team finalizing plans and incorporating comments received from the railroad. As a reasonable safety measure, the railroad is requiring installation of an electronic track monitoring system. This system continuously monitors the railroad tracks for any movement and is typically submitted by a contractor as part of the construction contract. The site is challenging with steep slopes, thick vegetation, and does not offer easy locations to install these sensitive electronic monitoring systems. The initial thought was to include this component in the construction contract. But requiring the contractor to locate the system and coordinate with the railroad would take additional time. It would also be difficult for the Department to estimate costs. So the Department will have the monitoring system designed in advance and included in the construction contract to save time.
Meanwhile the Department is developing the construction requirements specific to the track monitoring system and the construction sequencing of the soil nail wall. The construction requirements are not anticipated to affect plans. However, these requirements may influence the contractors’ bids and therefore we need to take extra steps. The Department met with the railroad this past Tuesday (10/5/21) for additional clarification. Following that meeting, the Department has been finalizing the Geotechnical recommendations and calculations requested by the railroad and expects to have the revised submission to the railroad in the very near future for further review and approval. Although the Department planned to advertise the contract yesterday (10/7/21), the contract cannot be advertised until we have the railroad’s acceptance. The contractors, who were given advance information at last week’s pre-bid meeting, have been advised that the proposed advertising date is delayed.
In terms of funding, the Department is seeking to fund the Charlestown Rt 12 repairs through federal emergency relief under the Presidential Emergency Declaration. However, based on the date of the Charlestown Rt 12 event and the dates covered by the Declaration, it is unclear if the repair work will be covered under the Declaration. If emergency funds are not available, the Department has a backup plan to fund the project with other federal funds.
Due to the complexities and unique aspects of this repair, there are a number of things being worked out, as the Department moves towards advertising the contract shortly. Please be assured that the Department is doing everything it can to advance the repairs as expeditiously as possible.
Announcements and Upcoming Events – October 1, 2021
Draft Ten Year Transportation Plan Public Hearings, October 4-7, 2021
The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT), which is made up of the five Executive Councilors and the Commissioner of the NHDOT, has scheduled public hearings throughout the State and several will be held next week:
- Monday, October 4, 2021 at 2 pm at the Dover City Hall Auditorium, 288 Central Avenue, Dover NH.
- Monday, October 4, 2021 at 7 pm at the Somersworth High School, 11 Memorial Drive, Somersworth, NH.
- Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 7 pm at Keene Parks and Recreation, 312 Washington Street, Keene NH.
- Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 7 pm at the Kingston Town Hall Meeting Room, 163 Main Street, Kingston, NH.
- Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 7 pm at the Jaffrey Fire Station Meeting and Training Room, 138 Turnpike Road, Jaffrey, NH
The full hearing schedule is available for review on the NHDOT Website. Please note that due to COVID-19 concerns, masks may be required depending on the town or meeting room requirements.
The State of NH Department of Transportation is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:
- BRIDGE MAINTAINER I-III; in Epping: Job ID# 21359
- CIVIL ENGINEER I-III, Construction Bureau; in Concord: Job ID# 21478
- CIVIL ENGINEER I-III, Highway Design Bureau; in Concord: Job ID# 21621
- HEAVY EQUIPMENT MECHANICS; (Statewide) in Concord, Enfield, North Hampton. Lancaster and Ossipee: Job ID# 21386
- SURVEY TEAM TECHNICIAN II; (Mass Recruitment) in Enfield, Lancaster & Rochester: Job ID# 21553
To review job descriptions, minimum qualifications and to apply, please visit https://das.nh.gov/jobsearch/.
The State of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity Employer.